"Some powerful Australians are determined to keep things that way," he said. "I've written this book together with William L Lines to explain to the Australian public how they're being fooled into accepting more and more population growth."
Simon Baltais, Secretary of the Queensland Conservation Council, said that for too long the population debate has been hijacked by growth boosters and the naïve.
"Mark's book clearly shows population is the Big Issue facing Australia, as it's all about numbers," said Mr Baltais. "Governments have been feeding from the hands of those who benefit from the fools' dream of endless growth; consequently, they have become key advocates for perpetuating the fallacy.
"The SEQ Regional Plan, recently released for public comment, is the authoritative legal planning document for SEQ and is supposed to bring balance to development in SEQ," said Mr Baltais. "Yet when one reads this document, it's clear that it's all about accommodating incredible unsustainable growth."
"To build long term sustainable and happy communities we must stabilize our populations within the carrying capacity of our region," said Mr Baltais.
For more information about the book launch: Simon Baltais, QLD Conservation Council, 0412-075-334 or
Dr Bob Birrell, Director of the Centre for Population and Urban Research at Monash University, writes: Overloading Australia provides the most informed and accessible analysis of the implications of Australia's high rate of population growth available.
Publisher is Envirobook, Distributor Dennis Jones Ltd. Copies can be mail-ordered from Mark O'Connor or from Envirobook.